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Bastet469
03-09-2014, 09:20 PM
Hi,
I'm researching how to make canvas board. Does anyone have an opinion on whether you should trim the canvas to size or cut with an extra 1-2 inches to wrap around the back of the board? I'm using a 1/4" tempered hardboard called Eucaboard that I bought at Home Depot. The canvas will be rolled unprimed cotton duck.

So in my research, I've read so much about the canvas shrinking away from the edges as the adhesive dries. I thought wrapping the board might be a how to deal with shrinkage. I also figured that any fraying of the edges of the canvas would be confined to the back of the board where it couldn't affect the painting. These are strictly guesses on my part so I'd love to know if I'm on the right track.

On the other hand, I read that to prevent the board from warping, you have to do the same thing to back as you do to the front. So could wrapping the board cause it to warp? If that's the case, it would make cutting the canvas to size the better choice.

Those of you that have made your own canvas panels, please share your wisdom with me.

Thanks,
Wendy

Fox_eNova
03-10-2014, 06:12 PM
Never used it but I think wrapping is would look nicer and be the way to go.
At 1/4" it should not warp depending on how big a piece you are using. If it does, you can always glue a couple strips of wood across the back.

idylbrush
03-10-2014, 06:43 PM
I generally cut the canvas an inch or two bigger than the board. Attach it after two isolation coats and applied a layer of gel medium. Press cloth into the wet medium and start at the center and roll to the edges. (I also have a vacuum method on my you tube account that might be helpful.) I trim after all has dried and have not had an issue with fraying.

It is really a matter of personal preference.

Bastet469
03-12-2014, 02:31 AM
(I also have a vacuum method on my you tube account that might be helpful.) I trim after all has dried and have not had an issue with fraying.
Thank you so much for the YouTube video. It was very helpful to see the process from start to finish. I'll be sure to recommend it to other members I come across needing help with this. Bravo!! :clap: